Pickup trucks are huge these days. And I don’t just mean their popularity. Trucks are bigger than ever, literally — but not everyone wants a massive monstrosity like the Ford F-350 Super Duty.
That’s why Ford released the Maverick, a tiny truck that starts around $20,000 and comes standard with a hybrid engine and 42 city MPG. It’s proven to be a massive hit, completely sold out for the first year of production. Ford has such a backlog that it stopped taking customer orders entirely for a while to catch up.
Why’s it such a big deal? The Maverick is basically a truck that didn’t exist before. It’s built on a car-like unibody platform (the same one used by the Ford Escape and the Ford Bronco Sport SUVs) and has a highly-efficient hybrid powertrain standard. Plus, it has a spacious, cleverly designed cabin and lots of standard features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more than a dozen cupholders — really.
Here’s everything you need to know about Ford’s new tiny truck.
What’s the price of the Ford Maverick?
The Maverick starts at $21,490 after destination charges for the base XL trim with the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder hybrid (no matter how much Ford tries to tell you it starts under $20,000, it’s not true). There are also XLT and Lariat trims, an FX4 package that adds more off-road capability, and all-wheel drive options for the two higher trims.
- XL: $21,490
- XLT: $23,775
- Lariat: $26,985
- First Edition: $32,360
The standard XL truck includes an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an embedded LTE modem and wifi connectivity through AT&T.
Automatic Emergency Braking and keyless entry are standard on all trims, as is a backup camera (which is required by law on all new cars).
Moving up to the XLT trim, which will likely be the most popular, adds cruise control, a locking tailgate, power side mirrors, and the Ford SecuriCode keyless entry keypad on the driver’s door.
Going to the top-tier Lariat adds a power driver’s seat, rear USB ports, a power-sliding rear window, and a whole bunch of options packages. Ford likes to makes things complicated or customizable, depending on your feelings on the matter.
All versions of the Maverick can be built and priced on Ford’s website.
How much is a used Ford Maverick?
Given how popular the Maverick is and how crazy both the new and used car markets are these days, probably as much or more than a new Maverick.
What’s the fuel economy of the Ford Maverick?
There are three different powertrains for the Ford Maverick, each with different EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers:
- The FWD hybrid gets 42 city / 33 highway / 37 combined
- The FWD EcoBoost gets 23 city / 30 highway / 26 combined
- The AWD EcoBoost gets 22 city / 29 highway / 25 combined
How much can the Ford Maverick tow?
The standard Maverick can tow up to 2,000 pounds, while a truck with the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine and the aptly-named 4K Tow Package can tow up to 4,000 pounds — that’s enough to haul a 21-foot boat.
What’s the payload of the Ford Maverick?
The truck has a total max payload of 1,500 pounds including passengers and cargo. The 4.5-foot bed has 33.3 cubic feet of total cargo volume. The Ford F-150, for comparison, has cargo capacities ranging from 52.8 to 77.4 cubic feet, but the Maverick is fairly spacious all considered.
What safety features does the Ford Maverick have?
The Maverick includes standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as automatic high beams.
Cruise control is not standard with the base XL trim but is available on higher trims. Also available, depending on trim, are adaptive cruise with stop & go, evasive steering assist, lane centering and lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning.
How much horsepower and torque does the Ford Maverick have?
There are two engine options in the Maverick, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid (FWD only), and a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged “EcoBoost” four-cylinder (FWD or AWD options).
The hybrid has 191 total system horsepower (162 hp from the engine alone) and 155 lb-ft of torque.
The EcoBoost has 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.
How can I buy the Ford Maverick?
You can build and price your dream Maverick on Ford’s website, as well as attempt to search local dealer inventory for in-stock units. They’ll be hard to find, though, and might include significant “market adjustments” or dealer markup.
Calling around to your local Ford dealers to inquire about placing an order is likely your best bet, though you might just get lucky.
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